Summer's Calling! Get Ready With Ayurveda
Summer might always get you your leisure days. This must be a season for your lake side brunch picnic or a pool party! You might be busy spending your summer vacations enjoying sunset on the beach, having fun in the sand and munching chilled snacks. Also, summer time is the time for cool colorful drinks or ice-creams. This might be the season which makes you feel like you are getting energy drained as well, so you might find relief in short naps in between your work or keeping yourself cool and refreshed by binging on cold water. But, are you doing it right? Does your routine compliment your health? Or sudden habits have put your health in trouble even before you realized? Well, Ayurveda is just where you should peep into! Let’s make your health game up in the summer.
According to Ayurveda, the science of life, one can enhance his/her strength if they follow seasonal regimens well. This practice has always helped to keep up the body equilibrium to normal levels since very ancient times; After all Ayurveda is praised as the ancient medical science and so it has gained many derogatory followers as well.
It says that the strength and gloss of a person is always maintained and enhanced when diet and regimen for every season is practiced accordingly. Here, the gloss includes your peaceful mind and happiness; Who doesn’t want that, right? So, stop by and read through your path to good health.
Why Do We Need To Be Careful in The Summer?
Summer season is included in the period of dehydration i.e., Adana kaala. Your body gets dehydrated by many factors other than the sun rays and it surprisingly includes the sharp velocity of wind that results in the dryness in the atmosphere and also the drying effects on the body by the three Rasas (tastes)- bitter, astringent and pungent. During Grishma ritu(summer season), the enhancement of these tastes shares qualities of Vayu and Agni mahabhutas. This is the season wherein Kapha weakens while Vata strengthens day-by-day. For at least some of us, it’s the time to vent on skin diseases including acne issues and sunburns to your physician. Severe diseases like jaundice and chicken pox are also trended in the summer season. All these are accounted to the reasons of the hot climate and lack of moisture content in the atmosphere during this season.
What Are The Regimes Included To Cope Up With Summer?
Seasonal regimes often lead us to the thought of food first. A food talk in Ayurveda without addressing Agni would be meaningless. Agni, the bodily fire has so many functions in the body which makes it the metaphor for body metabolism. One among the most important forms of Agni in the body is the Jatharagni or the digestive fire, which is said to be the root of all the other fires in the body. Ancient science holds Agni in high regard that it is considered as the essential element for mind and body equilibrium. Though Agni is of 13 types, the Jataragni (digestive fire) is mainly classified into 4 types; A.Vishamam- irregular. B. Tikshana- intense C. Manda- sluggish D. Sama- balanced. Now, on knowing the nature of one's Agni during the summer season, the diets can be monitored and performed accordingly. Jataragni during summer season is actually Manda or sluggish in nature.
What causes Agni to be Manda or minimum during the Grisma (summer) ritu? There can be two different practical reasons for this. Firstly, summer season is preceded by the Vasanta ritu (Spring) by the end of which the Kapha will undergo vitiation and results in clogging of the Sthrothas and as a result Agni can get hampered. Another outlook is that the summer season being the energy draining season, is also the time during which the whole body undergoes a sense of weakness which can also affect the Agni to make it sluggish.
So, it is very important that as archived in Ayurveda, your diet should be formulated in such a way that it is ideal for the Manda Agni to tolerate and at the same time to correct it to normal functioning.
Sweet, cold liquids and unctuous diets are best for this season. The diet which frees you from any seasonal diseases during this season includes- cold groat along with sugar, meat of animals or birds from arid lands, ghee and milk along with rice like white rice. Also, at night, try to avoid vegetable salads and replace them with steamed vegetables. Buffalo milk mixed with sugar is ideal to be served as a dessert after cooling. Avoid consumption of red meat. Alcohol consumption should be either limited (with addition of lots of water) or avoided completely. Or else, it will lead to health conditions like oedema, burning sensations or even fainting.
Foods to be avoided include- Salty, sour, pungent or hot foods.
According to Ayurveda if you are someone who follows its seasonal regimes regularly, then you need not do physical exercise for the time being or limit it to minimal exercises. It is advised to bathe in refreshingly cool water during summers.
During the day, one should take a nap in an air-conditioned room or in a cool room. Again, for night sleep it is preferred to sleep in cool rooms, possibly cooled naturally by the rays of the moon if you have access to outside. For Vata and Pita dominant persons, it would be ideal to take an afternoon nap during summers as well.
Wearing loose clothes of thin material would always favor you in keeping your body cool. When going out, don’t forget to carry a pair of sunglasses or an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun's radiance.
Ayurveda also says that summer is a period which gives you the scenic beauty of nature. It asks you to enjoy the presence of flowers, fruits, birds, gardens and cool streams to keep
yourself calm and at peace. Moreover, it might help you get over fatigue due to intense heat. Abstaining oneself from frequent sex is also advised to practice during this season.
Sun is said to be the precursor of life and so summer gives you a good time to take an early morning walk to sponge up the sun rays. Similarly, adapting the ways of Ayurvedic routine will offer you a good and disease free time by following the summer diet, eating cool foods and keeping yourself hydrated. Healthy summer to you!